Congratulations to Anne Ahrens, FVHA’s Volunteer of the month for February! Let’s learn a little more about her…
Tell us a little about yourself-
I am a native of Appleton. After spending 30 years living in other parts of the country and world I returned to the Valley and shortly after became a volunteer at FVHA. I am also a volunteer at the History Museum at the Castle and serve on the Makaroff Youth Ballet Board here in town.
How long have you been a volunteer? I have been a volunteer at FVHA for seven years, during which time I have worked in the capacity of Dog Walker, my favorite!, Dishes and Laundry person, Animal Bank donations collector and have fostered a few dogs. Of the four jobs, I consider dog walking the icing on the cake. It is worth doing the other, less glamorous jobs in order to earn the right to walk dogs and have some one-on-one time with them.
Do you have any pets? I have primarily lived with cats and have one now who is in his twilight years. But a few years ago I was given a 12 year old Miniature Dachshund by a friend who could no longer keep him. What a gift and lesson it was to see him into his old age and departure.
What motivates you to volunteer? Now that I am retired and have time on my hands, it is important to still feel useful. So that’s where my motivation to volunteer at FVHA comes from. However, one cannot deny the personal benefits to this work. Spending time with dogs is pure therapy, needed or not. There is nothing like the thrill of holding a puppy close to you, rubbing its soft little tummy and waiting for the kisses that follow. They are all love.